Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua
Daphne has been involved in Māori economic development for over 25 years. During that time she established the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Māori economic development agency, the local Māori business network and has represented Māori interests at a national level with Māori business networks, as a member of the Māori Economic Taskforce, the Small Business Advisory Group and Ngā Pū Waea, the Māori telecommunication advisory board.
Working with Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Raukawa and others, Daphne managed a five year Māori development strategy design and implementation that encompassed the interests of five iwi across five territorial authorities. She has managed the largest Ngāti Raukawa cluster through the research and now hearings phases of their Waitangi claims. For the past 12 years she has represented the interests of Māori in the radio spectrum field, as the Chair of Te Huarahi Tika and now as part of the Māori Spectrum Working Group working alongside others to negotiate a meaningful solution for Māori nationally.
Daphne is engaged across Māori health, education, economic development, business and telecommunications. She holds positions with the governing body of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, is the Iwi Co-Chair for the Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group, a Director of Wellington NZ, is the Deputy Chair for Hora Te Pai Māori Health Service and is the chair of Te Rōpū Pakihi Inc.